Presentation: "Deliberate Discovery: code like you mean it"

Time: Thursday 10:35 - 11:35

Location: Franciscan I & II

Abstract: Modern software delivery involves a top-down decomposition of a problem into packets of business and technical analysis, design, architecture, programming, testing, integration and deployment, as well as documentation and training. No matter how well-intentioned our approach to these activities, whether iterative or sequential, our success rate is still way below what it should be.  Dan thinks it's because we are focusing on the wrong things, which means any software delivery is a happy accident. In this talk, he explains why ignorance is the greatest enemy to success, and presents some strategies and techniques for deliberately reducing ignorance, increasing learning and moving towards a more deterministic and lower risk software delivery.

Dan North, Agile troublemaker, developer, originator of BDD

 Dan  North Dan writes software and coaches teams in agile and lean methods. He believes in putting people first and writing simple, pragmatic software. He believes that most problems that teams face are about communication, and all the others are too. This is why he puts so much emphasis on "getting the words right", and why he is so passionate about behaviour-driven development, communication and how people learn. He has been working in the IT industry since he graduated in 1991, and he occasionally blogs at